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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1974-07-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1974-07-21

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Jack Straw, Mississippi Half Step-> It Must Have Been The Roses, El Paso, Scarlet Begonias, Around & Around Phil & Ned, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Big River, Row Jimmy, Playin' In The Band-> Wharf Rat-> Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Playin' In The Band, Ship of Fools, Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hollywood Bowl
Location Los Angeles, CA

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM-22P mics
Lineage Rob Bertrando's Sony ECM-22P mics > Sony TC-152 Cassette Master
Taped by
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Rob Bertrando's Sony ECM-22P mics > Sony TC-152 Cassette Master; AudMC >Reel > DAT > CD; Seeded to etree by Noah Weiner


Reviewer: rkowna - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2015
Subject: Favorite Wall of Sound Recording
There are some great 1974 soundboard shows, don't get me wrong, but the Wall of Sound needs to be heard from an audience recording to really appreciate what they built. This recording has everything, great positioning of the equipment, not a lot of audience mumbling, and great sound. If I spent a lot of money on recording equipment, got to the show, and found out I set up next to the nut with a whistle who attended most of the summer of 74 I would be pissed, but this guy got it right. I don't know anything about the physics of sound, but this seems the perfect combination of mic positioning, outdoor venue, and theater acoustics you could dream of.
Reviewer: Vstar83 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2012
Subject: Decent Show
Sound quality is good, but in my opinion the 5-25 show is a far superior performance. Still this is worth a look.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2007
Subject: A Rare Audience Find
The China Rider is a typical 74, though perhaps a bit faster than most. The Playin' sequence is the STUFF!! Someone already mentioned the segue into Wharf Rat, but how about the segue from Nobody's Fault back into Playin'? Outside of a nasty patch in Truckin' (~ 20-30 sec speedy and muffled), the sound quality is A1, the overwhelming volume and clarity of the Wall of Sound allowing for an excellent aud.
Reviewer: ErrandWoolfe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2007
Subject: Hey not trying to be a douche.....
but they (SIRIUS) also said that there was only one copy of it in circulation and could not be found. But still a badass show.
Reviewer: Perrinswolf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2007
Subject: 1st SIRIUS Show
9/7/07 this will be the first show played on the All DEAD channel. One of Gans' favorite.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 17, 2006
Subject: It is criminal there are so few reviews of this show
Awesome- maybe because we are sso spoiled with so many good 74 shows- but do not overlook this one- from the China Rider out it is just wonderful- the PITB goes to interesting places- like many in 74- but at this show it sort of makes more sense than many others- and then the sweet segue into wharf rat- wow
Reviewer: Hollow Bones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: This Rules
This recording rules, particularly for those of us searching for nice audience tapes after the fall of the soundboards. I think this recording gives an idea of the Wall of Sound sound that the SBDs can't touch. The best AUD I have found is Frost '82. Check that one out.

Reviewer: A Dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2006
Subject: Complete Show now available

There is a complete show version of this date, with this source patched from a previously uncirculated source by Charlie Miller:

UPDATE: The complete show version is now available to download from this site at:

or simply click on the left just under where it says "Other Copies".

Thus the new version does not have the "painful" aspect mentioned by the previous reviewer ! :)
Reviewer: John Mollman - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2005
Subject: Ouch
Really nice sounding audience recording. Some funny banter around the taper ("hey where's the roach clip"?), but nothing too distracting. Everyone quiets down when the jams start in earnest.

Scarlet ends with a faded-out cut while they're still hard at it which is a little painful.

Maybe not the best show of the summer, but certainly worth a listen.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: Hmmmmm
Ignore that dude below that says the Dead are bored at this show, for real. the Playin>WR>Truckin (small cut)>Playin is every bit as sick as it looks, and the sound here is quite listenable!! summer at the hollywood bowl in 74..... makes my mouth water!!!
Seriously..the Playin is SOOO on point!! The Nobody's Fault jam is about 15 seconds long, also, FYI.....
Reviewer: BLUBALL - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2004
Subject: sweet aud
This is one of the best aud recordings i have ever heard....especially from the pre-digital era. Not too much crowd noise but lots of DEAD! Even the bass comes in clear which is rare for audience recordings from this era!

Not usually a big fan of early 70's aud's, but this one is sick sick sick!
Reviewer: J. Jonah Jameson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2004
Subject: Decent but not great show from 74
This is a pretty routine show for 1974, kind of like they were taking a break or something. It's a solid show, but not as groundbreaking as say 6/26 or even 8/4, or 8/6. What is interesting is how they touch on Nobody's Fault and Your Mind Has Left Your Body in quick succession during the Truckin' jam. You can hear that they're getting good at this type of jamming, almost too good. They didn't play very many shows in 74, and they may have been getting just the tiniest bit bored at times. Still a good show from a young G.D. Great AUD by Bertrando, of course. Worth a listen. You can really hear how Seastones was so much louder on the P.A. than when they were just playing their set, it's kind of funny. Must have been mind-blowing in person, if not ear-splitting.
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